Clinical Education Office:

Joan Gentile, Clinical AssistantPhone: 617-353-7526; Fax: 617-358-3475

How does an accomplished OT student make the transition to expert practitioner? At BU, observation and participation in clinical practice start in the first year of the professional MSOT program. From then on, your exposure to a wide range of clinical settings and types of patients will continue to grow. With supervised fieldwork experiences integrated into your coursework, you’ll soon be applying what you’ve learned to real-life client situations.

The large number of BU-affiliated fieldwork sites around Boston makes a broad mix of practical experiences possible—a major advantage of our program. Later, after all coursework is completed, you’ll acquire more in-depth experience at two full-time internships selected from hundreds of available clinical sites throughout the United States. Our students find the rich diversity of placements and client populations exciting, rewarding and, most of all, wonderful preparation for the final step into clinical practice.

The American Occupational Therapy Association Standards require two levels of experience, referred to as Level I and Level II Fieldwork. Level I Fieldwork (LIFW) consists of semester-long, weekly experiences designed to complement your coursework during all four semesters of the program. When you’ve completed the two years of required coursework, you’ll enter Level II Fieldwork (LIIFW): two 12-week, full-time clinical placements in which you’ll take responsibility for delivering occupational therapy services to clients.

Note: Students who are admitted into Sargent College routinely participate in clinical education experiences as a part of their respective program curricula. Most clinical education facilities require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these experiences, which are required for successful completion of the degree program.


BU Clinical Education Office

To help students arrive at their clinical placement well prepared, BU Sargent College has a dedicated Clinical Education Services office right in the building. To learn more, please visit our Clinical Education website.